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Feb 13, 2012 10:12 PM

Are you a hunter or a gatherer?

Are you a hunter or a gatherer? If you frequent the forest, what are you gleaning and how do you use it?

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  1. Mushrooms, berries, fruit from wild(untended, ancient) orchards, watercress, wild greens, roots, grouse, turkey, pheasant, deer. What season is it?

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    1. re: rhoneranger

      Rhoneranger (great name!)..I'm with you on that. Right now, it's black trumpets and other mushrooms, fishing for steelhead and whatever I can get. Soon, mussels in the ocean and maybe some spearfishing when the water calms down. Where are you located? I am on Norcal coast by Ukiah, CA. Love it here, except there are so many Mexican drug cartel in our woods now its not a safe place, so that is super sad :-( This time of year though it's pretty safe everywhere. Dinner was a black-trumpet mushroom and asparagus omlette...very tasty!

      1. re: HunterGatherer

        Hunter when I can
        Small game: turkey/rabbit/grouse/squirrel
        Fish: striped baSs, bliues, skate, perch(also through the ice), bluegills,
        Would lilke to gather more, just haven't learned the edibles yet.
        And livinsg in a city is no excuse not to be able to hunt/gather, lots of opportunites short distance to most cities

      2. re: rhoneranger

        Same list but add caribou/elk and especially moose and just about anything that lives in the sea. Last week we collected 'turkish towel/sea lettuce and bladderwort off a WC beach. We dry the sea weeds and then grind them to a fine texture and add them to certain dishes. Excellent salt substitute.

        1. re: Puffin3

          Where is WC Beach? I wish I knew SOMETHING about the seaweed. I have to learn. We go out and go diving for fish and abalone and I never take the seaweed because I don't know what's tasty and what's not. Usually we hike to where we dive so packing out a lot of seaweed would not be an easy task!

      3. Does going to the supermarket count as "gatherer"?

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        1. re: Harters

          I hunt for bargains at the grocery store. Does that make me both?

          1. re: chowser

            Sometimes I hit the Union Square Greenmarket on a sunny Saturday, which makes me not only a hunter and a gatherer, but a warrior.

            1. re: small h

              Hah. I know markets like that. One near to me is full of elderly warriors cavorting mercilessly round in their war chariots (or mobility scooters as they call them). And others who hold their umbrellas at exactly the height where the points of the veins are at your eye level. You need to be tough to stand your ground. It's hard being an urban hunter gatherer.

          2. re: Harters

            Absolutely! Especially if you can find where the best produce is at the best price! I go for high flavor and color fruits and veggies. Not that easy to find in the supermarket. Our farmer's market here has a lot of great stuff but it's all too expensive (more expensive than Raleys!) and so I grow a garden no matter where I live. Patio tomatoes when we are in a little space, expansive gardens in large space...I do have to gather at the market too ;-)

              1. re: beevod

                Are rosebuds just for tea?? Can you do other things with them?

              2. Neither, but I would love to learn how to hunt. The problem is that the hunting culture seems hard to break into if you didn't grow up in it (speaking as a city kid here)

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                1. re: RealMenJulienne

                  Can understand not growing up around hunting.
                  But don't let that stop you.
                  City kid myself, grew up in nyc. And took up hunting on my own in my mid 20's(am 41 now).
                  The hunter ed courses, really teach you the basics and all you need to get started.
                  Like fishing anyone can learn to tie a knot and catch some fish, yes a mentor would speed up that learning curve and make you a better fisherman/hunter. But not required to start.
                  As for gear/equipment, for clothes/camo don't need a lot, for small game jeans and orange vest is fine, for firearm, may be intimidated to go out and get a gun, but can start with a low poundage bow that doesn't require any permits and such,
                  Hope more people like those here interested in hunting for food get involved,
                  And if anyone has any questions feel free to contact me

                  1. re: terasec

                    You are right, it's no excuse. Just gotta get off my ass and do it. Firearm is no problem, the big hurdle is finding a place to do it. Do you just drive around asking farmers if you can hunt their property? Ideally I would have my own rural property but that dream is a long way away. I've thought of starting with rabbit and squirrel or some other small, easy to clean game.

                    1. re: RealMenJulienne

                      I would start with checking state agency that regulates hunting and state lands.
                      In ny its the dec. They should have list of places on where you can hunt.
                      Even in nyc, can get permits to hunt watershed areas under dep permit. That can be as close as 30 minutes from downtown.(Not counting traffic)
                      I am fortunate, I have 50 acres in upstate ny, and also have a place in pa where I hunt public lands a lot.
                      But there are many who hunt close to nyc.
                      Lots of info online once you start looking

                      1. re: RealMenJulienne

                        You should get in touch with your local gun club. Here in New England, almost every small town has one. Hunters and shooters are very friendly people who love nothing better than teaching a newbie the ropes.

                    2. re: RealMenJulienne

                      Yes and I agree with Terasec. Joining a local gun club and getting your hunter safety course will do wonders for you because everyone that is there has a reason to be there and you may find new friends that will teach you a lot. Plus, not just speaking of the students that take the course, but their relatives that are usually hunters too can open your world to hunting. Deciding what you want to hunt is something you would need to do, but after that, you can expand as you learn. Don't let living in the city or not having relatives that hunt stop you from becoming an expert. My first husband never hunted anything until he met me (when we were in our mid-20's). Good luck!

                    3. My family has hunted morel mushrooms for many generations. The yield is not usually that high, but we enjoy the process and it's great to be in nature this way. I hunted them for years as a kid when I wouldn't even eat mushrooms of any kind.

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                      1. re: rockandroller1

                        I have yet to pick my first morel. I have seen them back in the day before I knew what mushrooming was and I certainly didn't feel comfortable in eating them but I have heard they are delicious and I would pick them now when they start to show. It's a little early where we are yet. I am also wanting to find some mazataki's but don't really know what I am looking for there either. My main ones that I know for sure are the black trumpets, blue chanterelles, pig ears, hedgehogs, golden and white chanterelles and boletes.